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Gibbons education ‘plan’ disgraceful, like his administration
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – In his latest fund-raising pitch, Gov. Jim Gibbons reveals his so-called “plan” for Nevada education: cut teacher pay, gut funding for crucial programs and privatize the system.
After Nevada legislators fought to preserve education from Gibbons’ budget ax in 2009, the governor is at it again, attacking one of our most crucial programs, and in a fundraising email no less. The governor’s plan resorts to more of the same tired Republican proposals for school vouchers and elimination of collective bargaining.
And the governor goes further – proposing to eliminate the elected State Board of Education and replace it with a “five member advisory board (and a) State Superintendent of Education (who) would be hired by, serve at the pleasure of, and report to the Governor.”
“If there’s one thing this state doesn’t need, it’s a governor prone to using a hacksaw rather than a scalpel when it comes time to make difficult cuts in charge of our children’s education,” said Phoebe Sweet, communications director for the Nevada State Democratic Party. “This plan – if you can even call it that – is just another blatant, partisan power play by a failed governor seeking to pander to his base. But Democrats in this state will not stop standing up for the future of education in Nevada.”
* To read Gov. Gibbons’ campaign letter regarding education, click here.